Six degrees of separation:
From Moscow to Vimy
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started in Moscow and ended up in Vimy, France, where many Canadian soldiers fought during WWI.
Come with me!
Here are my own quirky rules:
1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck
After the covers,
you can find the links to my reviews
or to the title on Goodreads
1. A Gentleman in Moscow
I was going to read it, as I have heard so many people rave about this book. But then, I talked with a Russian woman, and she told this could really never have happened in Moscow. As it’s a historical fiction, and I like my histfic to be based on real facts, I’ve passed so far. But you may convince me to read it?
2. Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief
The author Leblanc is basically the French Conan Doyle. This is a major classic in mystery, and totally fun! He’s a thief, yes, but what a gentleman!!
3. Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief
I discovered Mrs. Pollifax, because I wanted to read books set in different countries, for the 52 countries challenge.
I have loved this series to pieces, the character of Mrs. Pollifax is delightful: image a retired lady who’s afraid to get bored, and ends up working as a secret agent. Each book of the series is set in a different country. This one is in Sicily, and is about art thieves and the mob.
4. A Star For Mrs. Blake
Excellent historical novel featuring Gold Star Mothers, whom I knew nothing about.
VERDICT: Very powerful, yet not overwhelmingly emotional historical novel, reflecting on many facets of international conflicts. Highly recommended to anyone curious to know what happened on the field of WWI, and how it affected people, relationships, and countries.
5. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
This is an incredible series: imagine Star Wars, “all recounted in the style of the Bard,
with rhymes, chorus, list of characters entering and exiting for each scene, just like a real play. It really made me laugh aloud many times.”
VERDICT: For fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare, this book offers a refreshing look at how it all began. Tension, suspense and humor are all present. Not to miss.
(the link is to book 1)
6. Unravelled: Two Wars. Two Affairs. One marriage
Another great historical novel, both on WWI and WWII. Great author!
HAVE YOU READ AND ENJOYED ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
DID YOU PLAY
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
I haven’t read any of these books. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars sounds very interesting – I’ll have to look at that! My chain is not a bit like yours – it never got out of Russia.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is definitely worth your time, so so well done! I really don’t know how the author did it. I read somewhere an interview where he said that actually after the first book, the verses came naturally to him!!
Very creative! I tried one Amor Towles book and didn’t really like it, but maybe I should try this one!
Well, I actually realize many readers I know have NOT read it, or didn’t like it!
Do read the Towles, OK it’s fiction, but it’s a wonderful book.
I’m almost tempted by the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – if only it’d been Star Trek instead, I’d’ve ordered it on the spot!
Thanks for the recommendation. And you also need to try this version of Stars Wars, so so good
The covers of the first two seem made for each other, somehow, and that last one’s so stylish.
You are right about the first 2 covers, I had not even noticed!
Star Wars and Shakespeare is an odd mix. Sounds fun though.
Thanks for sharing your chain.
It’s fun but also so smartly done
I like your interpretation of Six Degrees! Star Wars a la Shakespeare sounds intriguing. I can’t imagine how that pans out…
You really need to look at it, it’s extremely well done
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I enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow, although I don’t know how historically accurate it is. The other books in your chain are all new to me, but they all sound good!
Thanks for your feedback on this book!
I liked your chain. I haven’t read any of these, although I have read another of M.K. Tod’s novels, Time and Regret.
Yes, I read that one too, very good
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief and Mrs. Pollifax sound really good. I’ve not read any of these books. Thanks!
They are great classics, you should try them. It’s better to start with The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, as you get the beginning of her assignments
Such an entertaining chain – love it!
glad you enjoyed it!
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I agree with your Russian friend about A Gentleman in Moscow; it could never have happened. However he created such a wonderful character with his gentleman that I enjoyed it anyway.
Thanks for encouraging me to read it
I haven’t read any of these although I’m tempted by Unravelled.
I continue to be amazed by your Goodreads list. Does doing this meme mean that you ‘rediscover’ books you added to your Goodreads shelves ages ago?
Yes, anything by M.K. Tod is really good if you like historical fiction.
And yes, you are right, this is an awesome way to think about books I read way back then. Though I usually feature here those I remember well and found really good. Recently, I reviewed my all list of authors, and I discovered there were some books I read AND reviewed, and I have absolutely no memory of the book, and not even of ever reading it!! Scary
Great work! I loved a Star For Mrs. Blake.
Yes, it was really good!
I like your chain of thoughts. Imagine you ending up in France! Ha! My Six Degrees
haha, I know, how unusual, lol